5 Amazing Reasons To Visit Turkey
In collaboration with e-Visa.
We first visited Turkey 5 years ago for our babymoon before Aiden was born. It wasn’t a place that was even on our radar or on a list of countries to visit before, but we took a leap after doing some research and went ahead with booking our flights and accommodation.
After never visiting it before we instantly fell in love with the country and all it had t offer. We made sure to do our research and made sure that we had a Turkey visa, a requirement for entering the country. There is so much to discover in Turkey and it’s such a beautiful country. We stayed in Kalkan, which faces Greece, so has many Mediterranean influences and the most beautiful sea.
We’re planning on visiting Turkey again and I thought I’d share with you some of the reasons why it’s a wonderful place to go for a holiday.
Saklikent Gorge, Turkey
This place is amazing and I’m very fortunate that we made the trip to see and walk through it at 30 weeks pregnant. It was actually really shaded and cool while we were walking through parts of it, so a nice refreshing break from the sun. The gorge is one of the deepest canyons in the world and is about 20-30 minutes drive from where we stayed in Kalkan.
We loved it so much that we visited twice, it’s a great area to explore. There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy and you can sit and enjoy the sunshine by the river.
The Beautiful Beaches
Believe it or not, but Turkey has the most stunning beaches with a really beautiful coastline and lovely turquoise waters.
There’s lots of choices when it comes to beaches and from having a lovely time there I can highly recommend Patara Beach, which was the closest beach to where we were staying. This particular beach is the longest unspoiled beach in Turkey. Since it’s part of a national park, it’s a key biodiversity area and a breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead turtles.
We loved spending long sunny days here. It’s a great place to relax, unwind, enjoy the beautiful scenery and swim in the sea. There were some restaurants close by if you wanted to grab something to eat as well.
Don’t forget your Turkey visa if you are planning your trip to visit the country soon.
The Amazing Historical Sites in Turkey
Right near Patara Beach is the ancient ruins of Patara, which are listed as part of the Lycian Trek and a must-see if you’re in the area. The ruins are scattered around, but close to the beach just on the right, you will see the Arch of Mettius Modestus and the ancient theatre on the approach.
After a day at the beach, we explored the ruins, which felt like a bonus because we didn’t have to travel far to see them was a lovely way to end the day.
The Delicious Food
We really enjoyed discovering the tastes and flavours of Turkey, something that we had never tried before. Turkish cuisine differs depending on where you are in the country and is heavily influenced by neighbouring countries, so there is something for everybody. Of course, trying a traditional baklava is definitely a must when you visit.
A Traditional Turkish Hamam
While we were there, I treated myself to a traditional Turkish Hamam. It’s a wonderful relaxing hot steam bath normally in a beautifully decorated room
with marble, mosaic tiles, and basins.
There are so many reasons to visit Turkey! We absolutely loved our trip there and can’t wait to go back.
To visit you will need an official Turkey visa. You can check out the Turkey visa requirements here.
I’d love to hear if you’ve ever visited Turkey before in the comments. What was your favourite thing about Turkish culture? Did you enjoy the food? Which area did you stay in?
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